Joseph G. Tront & Jane C. Prey

Dr. Joseph G. Tront is the Pete White chaired professor in the Bradley Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Virginia Tech. He has had a leadership role in the NSF sponsored engineering education coalition called SUCCEED where he was the director of the center for computing and communications for the nine university coalition. In his work in education digital libraries, he is the editor for NEEDS and is co-editor for the engineering collection of MERLOT. Dr. Tront also serves as editor for the Premier Award for Excellence in Engineering Education – an international award competition aimed at recognizing outstanding non-commercial courseware for use in engineering education. He has published articles in various venues describing the appropriate use of technology in higher education. He is developing tools and techniques for using Tablet PCs in the classroom where his work is sponsored by Microsoft and HP. He is currently playing a lead role in Virginia Tech’s Tablet PC Requirement initiative in which all entering engineering students are required to own a Tablet PC. In 2005, Dr. Tront won the Excalibur Award for Excellence in Teaching with Technology, in 2007 the Laureate Award from The Computerworld Honors Program, and in 2008 he the W.S.”Pete” White Award for Innovation in Teaching. He is currently the W.S. Pete White Chair for Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. He has presented this workshop at over 45 venues for audiences comprised of university educators in the US and abroad.
Dr. Jane Prey is currently a Computer Science Program Director at the US National Science Foundation in Washington, DC. Previously she worked as an Academic Innovation Manager at Microsoft Research. She spent 11 years as a faculty member in the Computer Science Department at the University of Virginia. In addition, between her appointment at MSR and UVA, Jane spent 2 years as a rotating Program Director in the Division of Undergraduate Education at the National Science Foundation. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Illinois and her Ph.D. from the University of Virginia. Jane is an IEEE CS representative and the chair of the FIE Steering Committee as well as a former member of the ACM SIGCSE board.